Feb 11, 2013 6:00am PST
entrusted to me." that coming from pope benedict xvi. announcing he will step down february 28th. >> one of the things everybody notices is his humility. in the beginning he shrugged compared to john paul ii i don't know if i'm up to this. with god's grace and mercy i'll give it my best shot. he's done well for almost eight years. a humble acknowledgement of his frailty and weakness. that has touched all of our hearts. >> reporter: those are comments from cardinal timothy dolan of the united states speaking this morning on the "today" show. he along with the other cardinals will form a conclave. this will be after the pope steps down in february. they will meet mid march to decide who will be the next catholic leader of the catholic church. the pope will stay on board until 7:00 february 28th and then he'll retire in a residence in the vatican itself. reporting live here in san jose, bob redell, "today in the bay." >> thank you very much. as we mentioned, this doesn't happen very often. been over 600 years. pope benedict xvi not the first hope to step down. the best known example was bac
Feb 28, 2013 7:00am PST
the final brief appearance there. and the final end to the benedict papacy comes four hours from now when the doors of gandolfo close and they leave. let's go down to keir simmons covering it all for us. kear, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, savannah, good morning, the saints looking down on the square have not seen a day like this in medieval times. in the papal palace, over my shoulder here, the pope, as you say, has been meeting were his cardinals, tells them, i'll be with you in prayer. dawn across rome. this city has seen more than 260 pontiffs, only two popes passed in the last thousand years have left like this. the cardinals, princes of the church, gathered this morning for a warm farewell to pope benedict. some cardinals wants to speak to him for as long as possible. pope benedict will resign just after sunset. this home, this beautiful summer palace, quiet after a frantzic few weeks. >> at 8:00 exactly, he will stop being pope, the swiss guards who stand guard outside the palace and he'll go. >> reporter: rough seas he admitted yesterday and now the task begins of choosin
Feb 27, 2013 6:00am PST
coming up. back to you. >> thanks. new this morning, pope benedict xvi making his very last public appearance this morning before retiring tomorrow. >> i would ask each of you to pray for me and for the new pope. >> thousands of people gathering in st. peter's square to witness the historic event. the pope first spoke in italian and then english saying he would continue his work for the church through prayer. we'll have a live report starting at 6:50. >> 6:09 now. a follow up this morning. a bay area couple missing for a month in peru is now found safe. the u.s. embassy in peru says garrett hand and a jamie neil were recently spotted in a remote village heading for ecuador. the cycling trip started wu but friends and relatives lost contact with him back in january. >> the west sacramento police officer accused of raping women while on duty is set to appear this afternoon. sergio alvarez including kidnapping, sexual assault and burglary. he would pull women over while on patrol. six victims have been identified so far. it was arrested and fired this week following a five-month inves
Feb 11, 2013 7:00am PST
here. they asked us what is going on. nobody really got the news. when they told them pope benedict xvi was redesignisignry didn't know. actually, he can, but obviously, no pope has done that for 700 years. so no wonder people are aware of that. for now on that may change the course of the catholic church in the future as well as pope benedict xvi is setting an example. if you don't have the strength to carry on let someone younger and more strength to carry on the mission. >> it certainly is a monument ool announcement. claudio, thank you very much. >>> this morning we spoke with greg burke the senior communication adviser to the holy see in rome. we began by asking him how much of a surprise this was? >> it is a surprise. i people think had fair warning. it was a few years ago in a book called "light of the world," a long interview with a german journalist. the journalist asked the pope if he would resign. and he said something interesting. in the midst of a candle and all that stuff. he said now is not the time. it's not the time to run when you're in great risk and emergency period.
Feb 27, 2013 7:00am PST
people. pope benedict xvi, the first pope they've known and the old who know how his story is. gathering to hear the last testament. and looking on the cardinal, one of these men could soon be pope, the first from pope benedict, a prayer. a final message to his follower followers. >> ask each of you to pray for me and for the new pope i impart my blessing. thank you. [ applause ] >> reporter: this frail man choosing a quieter life. so very different from his predecessor john paul who stayed until the very end. anthony from pennsylvania witnessed both pope's last sermons. >> they're courage in different ways. in opposite ways but the same degree of courage. >> reporter: the pope summoning the strength to say good-bye, giving up one of the most powerful roles on earth. meeting publicly with the faithful one last time. >> savannah as the pope got up to leave. there was a wave of emotion. people calling out to him, waving good-bye. many people held up banners saying thank you in return. pope benedict told the faithful i have never felt this way. >> thank you. greg burke is the senior communi
Feb 26, 2013 7:00am PST
? >> all right, al. thank you. >>> now to rome and pope benedict's final days as leader of the catholic church. moments ago the vatican announced new details about the pope's life after he steps down. let's get to nbc's anne thompson at the vatican this morning. anne, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. we now know what pope benedict will be called once he retires. if you run into him, you address him as his holiness, pope benedict xvi, or roman pontiff emeritus. he won't wear the white cape you've seen him wear as pope. and then those shoes that he's so very fond of, well, they go. he will have to switch to brown shoes. we understand he'll wear a pair he was given on a trip to mexico. all of those details are coming out as the world gets a glimpse of the sometimes ugly gamesmanship that goes on in this beautiful setting. cardinal keith o'brien, briton's highest ranking catholic and its only vote in the upcoming papal conclave is staying away, accused of improper behavior with four young priests going back to the 1980s, detailed in a british newspaper sunday that o
Feb 13, 2013 7:00am PST
on the first appearance from pope benedict xvi since his announcement that he's stepping down at the end of the month. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. this is ash wednesday. it's usually a somber day in the catholic church. there's a celebratory air here in vatican city as the pope begins what some are calling his farewell tour. this morning, the public getting its first chance to express their appreciation for pope benedict since announcing his abdication. with the end of his papacy days away. a church famous for its rituals, vatican officials are working without a script as benedict moves into retirement. what are you going to call pope benedict once he steps down? >> i don't think he will be the pope emeritus. one of his other titles is the bishop of rome. he will probably be the americas bishop of rome. >> reporter: showed a flare for fashion, earning the nickname the prada pope. this monastery is being renovated for pope benedict. it will have a library for the scholarly man and his cats will accompany him. no word yet on whether there will be a piano as well.
Feb 25, 2013 6:00am PST
. >>> this morning pope benedict xvi is changing rules of the conclave that will elect his successor. it will move up the date that the conclave can start as all cardinals arrive in rome before the usual 15-day waiting period. the pope delivered his time blessing on sunday at st. peter's square. the pope said he would continue to serve the church in retirement. britain's top cardinal is resigning as archbishop due to a misconduct scandal. he says he'll skip the conclave that will elect the successor to pope benedict xvi. three priests have filed complaints to the vatican accusing o'brien of misconduct. the specifics have not been released publicly. >>> the school has made massive cuts in an effort to try to keep its accreditation and stay open. student protesters say they want a say in those cuts. >>> final tests are under way for a pair of new tunnels near the treacherous stretch of highway 1 known as devil's slide. the area south of san francisco has been a constant problem over the years collapsing into the ocean nine times since it was first built in 1937. the two new mile long tunnels are design
Feb 26, 2013 6:00am PST
this morning, we now know what the outgoing pope will be called during retirement. pope benedict xvi will be known as emeritus pope and he'll go by your holiness benedict xvi. the pope made the decision himself. the pope is stepping down officially this thursday. >> cool. you can decide. >> call me your holiness. whatever he wants, he gets. >> he's the big daddy. >>> hewlett packard ceo meg whitman joined a group of republicans breaking from the party to support gay marriage. >> scott mcgrew says she's been pretty hard to pin down on this issue. >> she's held a number of positions. good morning. as ceo of ebay, she was for benefits to domestic partners, which at the time in the 1990s was progressive. her views moved right when she ran for governor of california as a republican. at that time she supported prop 8, which defined marriage as between a man and woman. she's hoping the supreme court will strike down prop 8. whitman joined a number of republicans in filing a court brief urging the supreme court to strike that prop down. that brief also signed by former president george w. bu
Feb 25, 2013 7:00am PST
of benedict's papacy, while scandal and intrigue engulf some of the men who will choose the next pope. even in his final days as pope, scandal continues to dog benedict's papacy and the church. italian newspapers headline rumors of blackmail and conspiracy that the vatican vehemently denies. american cardinal roger mahony has ignored calls to stay home from a conclthat chooses the next pope because of his role protecting abusive priests. scottish cardinal keith o'brien, who commented on mahony's situation last week. >> someone has erred and we have anoth another. >> reporter: today cardinal o'brien resigned after being accused by three priests and former priest of inappropriate behavior going back to the 1980s. ugly headlines that one vatican watcher says will shape the deliberations of the conclave. >> some of this is politics, but other parts of it are the long delayed, reckoning with problems that require facing and correcting in the church. >> reporter: the scandals have left many of the faithful weary. >> i'm a true believer and i hope that catholics will get a better name these days.